This stunning vintage lariat or Y-necklace and matching earrings feature a host of different gemstones in many colors, and although w see colors like golden yellow, pinks, greens, black, and browns, the predominant shades are still blue thanks to the extra number of turquoise stones throughout. The necklace pre-dates more modern lariats, which can be light. This one has good weight, with each of those three sections looking and feeling substantial. The links connecting each section are all handmade, as is the silver chain that finishes off the necklace and has a lobster claw closure. The matching earrings pick up the shape of the two side sections, somewhat sculptural like flowing teardrops. The necklace and earrings were made by Navajo silversmith Emer Thompson, who I don't believe is active any longer yet was known for this multi-gemstone cluster style. Lariat necklaces have become popular pieces that tend to be more contemporary and less heavy than the squash blossom necklace--all while still making a statement. What I like about this piece is that it is not too long and can be worn at the chest level versus dropping down below the bosom. And, of course, having matching earrings is always special and increasingly rare as family heirlooms get dispersed.
The necklace measures about 21" end to end, although can be adjusted shorter by latching the hook onto a different link. The hang length is closer to about 10-11" depending on the girth of one's neck. So you see, the necklace really is shorter than the standard lariat. The biggest pendant measures 1-5/8" by 2-1/8", and the necklace alone weighs 79g. The earrings measure about 3/4" wide by 2" long and dangle closer to 2-1/2" long. They weigh 9g each or 18g total. Total weight of the set is about 98g. In great vintage condition.
An amazing treasure!
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